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What's the best way to soften cream cheese quickly?

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Francesca is the former Assistant Editor of food52 and believes you can make anything out of farro.

added over 2 years ago

To be honest, the cheese purist in me says there's no way to rush it -- let it sit out until soft in a room temperature environment. Putting it near a heat source or in the oven will cause the cheese to melt in an uneven fashion ... oily is not what you want, I presume!


Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 2 years ago

I agree with Francesca. If you try to microwave it, even briefly, or place it near some sort of heat, the chance that it will "break" when you attempt to mix it becomes excellent.

vvvanessa added over 2 years ago

i would unwrap the cream cheese then cut it up into smaller pieces-- preferably long, thin strips-- and lay them out on a plate. they'll come to room temperature relatively quickly that way. but agreed that you shouldn't heat it up.

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